Dairy Exports

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) through its Dairy Grading Branch offers export certification services to assist in the exportation of dairy products. 

  • Currently, the Dairy Grading Branch only provides export certificates for dairy products manufactured or processed at plants where we have knowledge from US conducted plant and product inspections or where AMS has surveyed/approved for grading services. The plant from which the product(s) was last exposed to a chance of contamination, must be on a federal inspected dairy plant list and in good standing prior to exporting out of the United States into a foreign country.  Dairy products eligible to obtain AMS Dairy Grading Branch export certificates must be manufactured or processed in eligible plants on the lists below
  • Currently, the Dairy Grading Branch does not include claims (i.e. Kosher, Halal, Organic, Extra Grade, etc.) in the export certificate product description. Importing customers may request proof/certification of claims directly from the exporter.
  • The Dairy Grading Branch issues dairy sanitary certificates to U.S. exporters. The European Union, Vietnam and many other countries require export certificates to be dated prior to the date the product is exported. Currently, the Dairy Grading Branch dates the certificates based on the date the request is reviewed and the certificate is signed.
  • Exporters are asked to allow at least 5 business days for the Dairy Grading Branch to process export certificate requests.

Dairy products eligible to obtain AMS Dairy Grading Branch export certificates must be manufactured or processed in eligible plants on the lists below:

June 28, 2021 Update

USDA is launching a new certificate for South Korea, which will be available only in the Agriculture Trade Licensing & Attestation Solution (ATLAS) system. New and existing level-2 e-authenticated users can access the system. South Korea requires the new format for certificates signed by AMS beginning July 1, 2021. South Korea will require a duplicate export certificate with each shipment; one for the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and one for the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA). Any certificates for South Korea issued before July 1, 2021, will be accepted regardless of arrival date.


Certificate fees are $82 for the first certificate plus $4 for the second certificate. However, on October 1, 2021, most certificate rates will increase: The certificate rate will increase to $85 while the additional duplicate copy will remain $4.

Please note: The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on January 31, 2020

In regards to dairy trade and certification requirements, the UK is continuing to operate under a transition period. AMS has confirmation from the UK that current EU certificates dated up to and including September 30, 2021, will be accepted. USDA has been assured that consignments arriving after September 30, 2021, will still be permitted entry as long as they are accompanied by an export certificate dated September 30, 2021, or before.

We continue to monitor the situation regarding the transition and will provide further guidance as soon as possible.

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